Above all, I recommend staying on Disney property. There are so many added perks to staying at a Disney hotel and I truly believe it makes your vacation better. I’ve stayed off property before and it’s just not the same. These are my favorites:
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa — The most elegant and grand of all the Disney hotels. The Grand Floridian has fantastic restaurants, a beautiful location, and a great pool. If you want to add some luxury to your Disney trip, this is the place to stay.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort — The best pool at Disney and only steps away from Epcot’s back entrance.
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn — I have so many special memories from this hotel. It’s a perfect location (walking distance to Epcot and Hollywood Studios) and has great transportation options (buses and boats). Also, you have plenty of entertainment, shopping, and food at the BoardWalk.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge — This place is very special. Where else (in the US) can you see a giraffe from your hotel window? However, it’s farther away from the theme parks and relies solely on Disney’s bus system for transportation.
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — This is where we stayed on my first trip to Disney when I was three years old (it was called Dixie Landings at the time). It’s my favorite of the moderate resorts.
Disney’s Art of Animation — I haven’t stayed here personally, but from what I’ve heard, it is the best of the value resorts. I love the theming.
Aloha Isle – dole whip
Be Our Guest Restaurant
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
Gaston’s Tavern – amazing theming
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Liberty Tree Tavern – get the sticky toffee pudding
Tony’s Town Square
Flame Tree Barbecue
Yak & Yeti
50’s Prime Time Cafe
The Hollywood Brown Derby
Boma – Flavors of Africa
Flying Fish Cafe
Grand Floridian Cafe
Jiko – The Cooking Place
Victoria & Albert’s
Earl of Sandwich